Narcolepsy – 5
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Narcolepsy is a rare, chronic disorder where the brain is unable to control sleep-wake cycles. It often starts in childhood, and is lifelong. NIH researcher Dr. Giovanni Cizza is currently conducting a research study on narcolepsy.
Cizza: We are doing this study because these subjects may also have alteration in their metabolism and we think that they may have problems in keeping their weight down unless they exercise rigidly.
Narrator: He explains that the gene involved in narcolepsy is also involved in weight gain, in fact, obesity in some, even though they are not necessarily eating more calories, rather burning less. For more on narcolepsy, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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